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AASHE 2014 Highlights: Breakout Sessions

This morning (10/27), waking up to Portland’s public radio station, KOPB, I heard a news item talking about the AASHE 2014 annual conference, as well as a bit about the Mayer of Portland, Charlie Hales, proclaiming the Week of October 27th — Sustainability Week! In addition to celebrating sustainability here in Portland, on the ballot

AASHE 2014 Highlights: Citizen Muscle

On Sunday night (October 26) nearly 2,000 participants gathered at the Portland OR convention center to hear keynote speaker Annie Leonard (Story of Stuff, and now Greenpeace director) at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference. This annual gathering is the largest gathering of higher education sustainability professionals and students in North America.

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The Bees Knees @MCAD

For the last few months, MCAD’s roof has been abuzz with active beehives in an effort to expand the population of bees. If we happen to one day be able to harvest some honey, it will be an even sweeter deal for everyone. Congratulations to Diana Eicher for spearheading this project at MCAD! The MASD

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Disruption @MCAD

The MCAD SD program is pleased to co-sponsor the Disruption movie screening event with MN350.org on Sunday, September 7 from 7-10 pm. The film will be shown on MCAD campus in the main Auditorium and is FREE and open to MCAD students and the public. This film weaves together political intrigue, mind-blowing science, and an

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Nate Hagens @MCAD

MCAD SD faculty member, Krista Leraas, arranged for MCAD’s sustainable design program to sponsor ecological economist, Dr. Nate Hagens, as a guest speaker held at the MCAD Auditorium on July 10, 2014. Nate is a well-known speaker on the big picture issues facing human society. Until recently he was lead editor of The Oil Drum, one

Becoming a Creative Leader

A master’s program in sustainable design? Taught completely online? Led by a biologist? Requiring a course in leadership? What are they thinking? For those comfortable with traditional design programs, these sorts of questions must come to mind when looking at MCAD’s one-of-a-kind MA in Sustainable Design program. When the director of MCAD’s MA in Sustainable

The Time to Reap

Have you ever noticed that there always seems to be a dearth of one commodity in particular? It’s intangible yet the most precious thing we have. TIME. During my recent cycling trip across 4 states (Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Minnesota) to raise money for the students of MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design, the luxury

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AIGA (Re)Design Awards

Pioneers of change, let your story be told Entries for the AIGA (Re)design Awards are due June 14! Be recognized for your commitment to sustainable design, and inspire others by example! Enter the AIGA (Re)design Awards competition, an international graphic design and visual communications competition celebrating the most influential projects that advocate for strong communities,

What Color is Your Cape?

If you were to unleash your inner superhero, what color of cape would you wear? Not into capes? After all, they can be a hazard around escalators and revolving doors, then how about a costume or mask? Like me, you may have noticed that superheroes are back in vogue. A plethora (great word since it’s

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Spotlight on Sustainable Design

As designers, we understand that design has the inherent power to transform our behaviors and to shape our culture. It is why we have both a responsibility and a tremendous opportunity to use that power to ignite change and to communicate the importance of sustainability to individuals, corporations, society, the environment and ourselves. In recognition

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